Pleads guilty for role in meth distribution conspiracy

   Some details emerge from a two-year investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  It involves more than 20 people, 12 of which are Campbell Countians.  The local agencies playing key roles are the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, the Eighth Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the La Follette Police Department.

   On Monday, 55-year old Linda S. Ward of Caryville pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Ward’s sentencing is set for August where she faces a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.

   The Department of Justice release also outlines that in February 2018, a federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against Ward and ten others alleging various narcotic, firearms, and money laundering offenses.  CLICK HERE to read the entire release.

Statement from Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins:
   “This latest federal case and offender roundup concerning illegal drug activities that has resulted in arrest and convictions of Campbell Countains is a prime example of what partnership, teamwork and leadership embodies. Thus far, federal convictions have netted 1,658 total sentenced months for these offenders of crimes perpetrated in Campbell County and the United States of America against our community. The time and effort of these investigations do not go unnoticed. I am proud of the teamwork of our office and others who have made this possible. We are honored to work together and look forward to continuing these efforts. We want drug dealers to know, we put them on notice now, we are coming for you and we won’t stop until you are gone. Whatever it takes….” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/19/2018-6AM)